Last week I had the pleasure of attending several events at the International Association of Blacks in Dance. The IABD held their 30th anniversary annual conference and festival in Los Angeles this year and it goes without saying that I have found my community!
Panel discussions and workshops from the leadership and Artistic Directors of some of the most noteworthy African American dance companies gave me some deep insight into the rewards and challenges of operating successful dance companies that provided me a deeper understanding and awareness that will heighten a sensitivity that I can apply to my photo series!
The highlight of the weeklong event was getting to see some spectacular dance performances at El Camino College from companies like Alvin Ailey, Dallas Black, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Philadanco, The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Cleo Parker among a host of others.
At the end of the night, I was able to introduce myself to a few company dancers, and to my surprise, many of them were familiar with or had seen my photo series and wanted to participate to help me see my vision through.
From the onset of my passion project, I have been working mostly in the dark. Staying true to a vision and objective that I hoped others would see and would resonate with. It appears that my little project is about to come out of the dark and be embraced by a community of people who want to see them selves reflected in a manner that is rooted in truth and power. The journey is now part of a community!